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Genesis Mountain: An Easy Ridge Ramble

In Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Located in the Genesis Range on the northeast edge of Schoen Lake Provincial Park, Genesis Mountain is far from a well-known mountain. It’s out of the way, and surrounded by more impressive objectives, but if your mountaineering interests include easy rambles along alpine ridges, then add Genesis Mountain to your …

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Mount Grey : Under the Atomic Sky

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Back in January 2017, I was part of a group that Phil led to summit Mount Grey. That trip failed because of poor route-finding choices, less-than-amazing snow conditions, and a short winter day, but it left us wanting for this summit. It wasn’t again until August 6 2017, that we …

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Mount Judson from Saunders Mainline

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Strathcona Park is a jewel nestled among many of the island’s tallest peaks. In many places, the long mountain ridges are the natural boundaries that define the shape of the park. All around the park, and sometimes within it, is evidence of industry: logging and mining change the landscape, and …

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Meares Island : Lone Cone & Big Tree Trail

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To early European explorers, the western edge of North America must have been an overwhelming place to visit. We humans navigate by landmarks, known places with names; explorers applied names to many places, making them easier to identify on maps. At some point, it must have been really overwhelming to …

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Winter snowshoe ascent of Springer Peak, Prince of Wales Range

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Springer Peak wasn’t our first objective for the day, but when I took over leading the trip, I felt that the snow conditions were too questionable to continue with our original objective. When I suggested using Bill’s Trail, a section of the route used for the annual Kusam Klimb race, …

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Gemini Mountain, the twin peak

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Nanaimo Regional District, Regional Districts by Explorington1 Comment

I did the math: I’m approaching the 100th peak in my Island Alpine Quest. Although most peaks on Vancouver Island have some level of difficulty associated with their approach, some are even more difficult to get to, and Gemini Mountain falls into this category. It’s tucked deep in behind Nanaimo, past …

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Peak 5800: An Attainable Obscure Peak

In Activity, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Without a doubt, the shoulder season is one of my favourite seasons for hiking! The cool air makes steep climbs tolerable, and when the sun makes an appearance, it usually brings just enough warmth to chase the chill away, but not enough to dehydrate us. The cooler temperatures mean I’m …

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Horseshoe Mountain: The Journey is the Destination

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

Everyone has a favourite hike. For some, that hike may be a well-travelled location, such as the Cape Scott Trail, or a route past Lake Helen Mackenzie. For others, favourite routes are more private, with information held close by those in-the-know; secret spots where not many people venture. Assuredly, Horseshoe …